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chris van hollen, the democrat are melted join us as we continue this conversation. and i think the congressman easier. but for those of you who don't know of course, chris van hollen, the democrat from maryland is a top democrat on the budget committee, the house budget committee to keep in a critical point in these negotiations as well. as part of the supercommittee and someone who certainly has been a critical component to these conversations, and congressman, if you could join us. he's also a local guy. we always appreciate that here in washington. good to see you. thanks for joining us. i do know how much you heard of gene sperling, but what was the message you gave to him, what's the house democrat message to the administration as they go into these conversations because i did catch a lot of speak to you say play hardball? >> i did not. but what i said was i thought he laid it out well. in fact, gene and i are very much on the same page on these issues. with the president. so look, the challenge is pretty clear. number one, we've got to focus on accelerating the economy an
, chris van hollen, the list goes on and on, and all of the women standing here who traveled into districts. so we were thinking that it was possible, and that was. i would say one disappointment that i had was that message was at stake, was so misrepresented by the republicans that the public was confused. people would say welcome why are the democrats wanting to commit. we worked. democrats use savings of medicare to extend it for another decade, to provide benefits immediately, immediately for seniors right now. republicans took that same money and gave tax cuts to the rich, and that was the message that outside money spent a fortune to misrepresent. and that is why the election of barack obama was so very, very important to protect medicare, even the we could not get the majority. we knew what he wants, that many of the issues, affordable care, medicare, et cetera were protected. so we have a different view of what happened that day. you saw some of the members that we elected, the intellect that we brought in here. so it's not about quantity so much for us as the quality
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